The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported 506 new infections of COVID-19 Sunday.
In a Twitter update via its verified handle, the government agency said there are now 139,748 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus in Nigeria.
A total of 113,525 people it stated, have so far been discharged from hospital, while the number of deaths so far is 1,667.
As of Sunday, more than 105.9 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, with more than 58.9 million of those considered recovered or resolved, according to a tracking tool maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The global death toll stood at more than 2.3 million.
In Africa, according to a CBC update, South Africa has suspended plans to inoculate its front-line health care workers with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine after a small clinical trial suggested that it isn’t effective in preventing mild to moderate illness from the variant dominant in the country.
Meanwhile, in Asia, Israel has started to ease restrictions nearly six weeks after entering its third nationwide lockdown, allowing some businesses to reopen and for people to move more than a kilometre from their homes. But schools remain shuttered and international flights are severely restricted.
In Europe, Norway says it will apply, effective Sunday, stricter coronavirus restrictions in the southwestern coastal municipality of Bergen and 12 surrounding areas due to a spread of new coronavirus variants first detected in Britain and South Africa.
In the Americas, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says a “tentative agreement” has been reached with the teachers’ union over COVID-19 safety protocols, potentially averting a strike in the third-largest school district in the US.
Experts in the UK are saying that restrictions on big weddings may remain to prevent another coronavirus wave.
According to Metro, people might not be able to have big weddings or attend sports events for long after the country has come out of lockdown, Professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London Tim Spector said. He told Times Radio that the Government may have to enforce the restrictions for longer to prevent further coronavirus outbreaks and ‘allow us to do the things we really want to do more easily and more readily’. ‘I can’t see us having massive weddings with people coming from all over the world, I think for the next few years those days are gone,’ he said.